Let's see if the judge that reads my letter is merciful...
Driver’s license: [Number]
Citation number: [Number]
District Court of the First Circuit,
I was cited for talking on my cell phone while driving on
Ala Wai Boulevard. The officer informed me that I could write a letter explaining “mitigating circumstances,” but I’m afraid I do not have a good excuse. I was on my way to school, and my parents needed some information for their upcoming visit to . I was talking to my mom, and it could have waited. Hawaii
I am writing, therefore, to apologize and request a second chance. The cell phone law is a good one, and keeping both hands free while driving should be common sense. Unfortunately, it required a citation for me to realize that I was acting against my better judgment, not to mention the law. I am sorry for my actions, especially when I think of all the cars and pedestrians that crowd
. All of my attention is required in any driving environment, and I made a bad decision. Honolulu
Additionally, I sincerely cannot afford this $97 citation. You probably hear a lot of sob stories; I considered attaching our March or April budget to illustrate this point. My wife and I are students, we both work, we budget very carefully, and we are barely, barely making it. I felt sick to my stomach after getting pulled over. We need this money badly.
My final plea is an appeal to my good citizenship as a driver. Our car is registered correctly, our safety inspection is up-to-date, and we have auto insurance, all of which cost money, as you know. I am a careful driver, and my driving record reflects this.
I am sorry, and I do not have a good excuse. I made a poor and potentially dangerous decision. I agree with this law, and I will follow it perfectly from now on. I cannot afford not to, both in terms of safe driving and the potential for an expensive citation. Please accept my apology and allow me a second chance.